PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program

PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program

April 11, 2007 08:52 ET

YMCA of GTA makes a "PACT" with Youth in Conflict With the Law

Cooking, Film and Magic Lifeskills Programs Find Home in Downtown Toronto thanks to Strategic Partnership between YMCA and PACT Youth Crime Program.

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - The award-winning PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program, a charity that deals with youth crime in the GTA, is thrilled to announce that the YMCA of Greater Toronto is supporting the launch of three life skills programs for downtown Toronto youth in conflict with the law.

PACT launched its inaugural Film School at the YMCA's Charles Street office in March 2007. The PACT Main Course Cooking School will begin in mid-April with the help of the innovative YMCA Food Services Training Program (also at the Charles Location) and will be followed-up with the launch of a new Magic program in May.

"The YMCA is continuing its tradition of remarkable community leadership with its selfless commitment to providing space, support and expertise to this trio of Lifeskills programs," said Dan Cornacchia, PACT co-founder. "PACT is proud to be a strategic partner with the YMCA in this crucial venture of connecting to troubled youth and healing them through innovative life-skills programs."

"We are incredibly excited to be partnering with PACT on these new and innovative lifeskills programs," said YMCA President and CEO, Scott Haldane. "Providing healthy choices and safer spaces for our youth to grow and succeed is what the YMCA is all about."

Fitness as Part of Healing
In addition to providing space for PACT's Lifeskills programs, the YMCA is also offering subsidized memberships at YMCA Health, Fitness and Recreation Centres for youth participating in PACT programs. For each youth PACT coaches, it creates a wellness, health and fitness plan that includes nutrition and fitness training with a PACT Fitness instructor. The membership deal with the YMCA supports the health and wellness goals of PACT.

About The PACT Lifeskills Programs
The PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program takes a holistic approach to reducing youth crime within our urban communities.

PACT Lifeskills and Community service projects offer a positive opportunity for youth to make restitution for their behaviour by providing service to the community in which they offended, allowing them to begin the process of reintegration.

In addition to referrals through its main Restorative Justice mediation program, PACT is designed to take referrals from Probation, Crown attorneys and Judges, as well as community agencies and duty counsel.

PACT strives to combine productive community contribution with practical skills development. The combination of these two important components helps to empower our youth, foster team-building behaviour and develop self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.

PACT Main Course Cooking School
The PACT Main Course Cooking School gives youth in conflict with the law an opportunity to learn applicable life-skills, while giving back to the community and helping them find continuity. Skills learned include teamwork, nutrition, organization and time management, cleanliness and food safety.

PACT Power-of-One Youth Film School
PACT mentors, trains and educates a small film crew of youth in all aspects of the film/television industry. As a team, they create a final project about positive forces in the community.

Lead by David Grosfield, AKA Baldini - Man of Magical Mystery, the PACT MAGIC School teaches youth in conflict with the law how to perform a number of magic tricks in a supportive and interactive environment. Youth referred to the Magic School meet once per week for two hours over a six week period, culminating in a magic show put on by the students for a selected audience such as children at a local hospital.


About The YMCA of Greater Toronto
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity focused on community support and development. Our aim is to provide every individual in our community with opportunities for personal growth, community involvement, and leadership. By making connections, collaborating, and mirroring our region's diversity, we believe we can become the network that binds our many neighbourhoods into one city, one country, and one world.

About The PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program
PACT (participation, acknowledgment, commitment and transformation,) is a privately-funded, charitable program designed to dramatically reduce youth crime by positively changing the behavioural patterns of youth in conflict with the law.
The Program is divided into three pillars:
* Traditional Restorative Justice Mediation;
* Life-skills and Community Service;
* Lifeplan Coaching for more serious, upstream youth.

Media Contacts:

Terance Brouse
Director of Community Service
PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program

Jamie Slater
Manager, Association Communications
YMCA of Greater Toronto
416-413-1020 ext. 2362 /For further information: IN: EDUCATION, FOOD, HEALTH, JUSTICE, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • terance brouse, director, community service, PACT Youth Crime Reduction Program
    Primary Phone: 905-832-7653
    Secondary Phone: 647-274-5249